In One Eye

Thursday, July 28, 2005
 
While I was away
last weekend, the Pentagon moved at the last minute to block the release of 87 photos and four videos from Abu Ghraib, featuring acts that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted "can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhumane."
I didn't see any references to this in my corner of the blogosphere, although apparently Daily Kos picked it up.

Now, it looks as if some of the damning evidence will be released after all.
The American Civil Liberties Union today released files obtained from the Defense Department revealing new details on investigations into abuse at the Guantánamo Bay Detention Center ...

"These new documents provide vivid descriptions of how interrogation techniques approved by Rumsfeld constituted serious abuse in some instances," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. "There’s no denying that these approved techniques went too far and that the military knew full well how they were being used on detainees."
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a former prosecutor who introduced a prisoner procedure bill into the last Congress, raises the critical question when he states:
It took a while for Congress to face its responsibility to set rules and limits because they cover "some of the least attractive people in the world. But it's not about them. It's about us.

"Are we setting a standard of due process that lives up to our history, that will negate the criticism from overseas and its unhelpful impact on the war on terrorism?"
Indeed. One of the most loathsome characteristics of the Bushies is their pervasive idea that rules are for other people and not for them. They can't see the inconsistency represented by the atrocities of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib as they try to win the world's hearts and minds while showing that they really don't care what the world thinks.